[LMB] Birthday Tixie

Jean Lamb tlambs1138 at charter.net
Mon Aug 26 18:01:55 BST 2019

Sandy Boswell, Happy 24th Birthday! You are offered the chance to ride
pretty much any horse in the Vorkosigan stables at Vorkosigan Surleau, from
Sofabed to Seriously Springy. An experience groom will be there to find out
what level of horse you can manage, to assist with tack and riding gear
(including helmets, despite his disclaimer that concussions hardly hurt at
all). You are allowed to try out various horses, and end up with Bill, a
horse with the patient air of "Here we go again" but who has enough vigor
for when you want some. Bill knows the trail better than your groom does (or
at least this is the impression you get), and since you don't know the
trail, you're ok with Bill taking the lead, more or less. He does take
instruction, though, and when the groom wants to go one way and Bill
another, you are able to persuade the horse that yes, you really are holding
the reins, 'k? 

Anyway, you have a lovely ride and enjoy the birthday feast laid for you
when you get back (and there's a real hot tub for you to soak in that night
as well). 

Happy Birthday!!!

Jean Lamb
tlambs1138 at charter.net

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